Five of Colorado’s seven largest metros – including Boulder – were recognized among the top 100 Best Places for Business and Careers by Forbes magazine while Boulder took the No. 1 position among cities for high-tech business formation and job creation in another study.
Boulder ranked 26th on Forbes’ business and careers list, while Denver took the highest slot among Colorado cities at No. 6, and Fort Collins-Loveland came in at No. 7.
Forbes based its rankings on 12 key economic factors, including cost of business, education, job growth and population. Des Moines, Iowa, topped the list of 200 total cities ranked.
Colorado Springs and Greeley, ranking 44th and 51st, respectively, were the other two Colorado metros to make an appearance.
Take a closer look at how all five Colorado cities’ economic factors compared with the other 200 cities:
Meanwhile, technology policy coalition New Engine and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation found Boulder has the highest density in the nation for high-tech startups, followed by Fort Collins-Loveland. Denver came in sixth among the top 10 on the list, while Colorado Springs came in ninth.
The report used data from the Business Dynamics Statistics series, compiled by the U.S. Census Bureau and tracks the annual of new businesses from 1976 to 2011.
Here’s a look at the complete Top 10 Metro Areas for High-Tech Startup Density list:
- Boulder, Colo.
- Fort Collins-Loveland, Colo.
- San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif.
- Cambridge-Newton-Framingham, Mass.
- Seattle, Wash.
- Denver, Colo.
- San Francisco, Calif.
- Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-Va.-Md.
- Colorado Springs, Colo.
- Cheyenne, Wyo.
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